This waterproof jacket from Lowe Alpine might be fractionally on the large side, but has plenty of adjustment to compensate. It’s a longer cut, which will definitely suit some, and the feel of the fabric is wonderful – not a rustle or crackle in sight. The mesh lining ensures it feels comfortable worn over a base layer, and the fleece-lined pockets add a nice touch. It’s a very reliable companion in heavy rain. It has a superb hood with an excellent peak, and also a nice long hem that keeps water well away from your nether regions! There’s a good selection of pockets, too, and it also packs down reasonably well for its weight and size.
Verdict: A great jacket, due mainly to the use of two-layer Gore-Tex rather than XCR.
Colours: Ruby, black, deep navy, denim blue, major brown
Fabric: Two-layer Gore-Tex
Main features: Two hip pockets, chest pocket, map pocket, hem/waist drawcords, fold-away hood, zip-in fleece compatible
Women’s version: Wonder
Contact: 01539 740840; www.lowealpine.com